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Sun, Nov. 30th, 2003, 06:24 pm
Dr. Mellow, Novelist

NaNoWriMo 2003 Winner

Total Word Count: 50,265

Sun, Nov. 30th, 2003, 01:36 pm
Word Count Update

45,025

Yes, I've got less than 5,000 words to write to finish this beast. That's fewer words than I've already written today, and I've still got ten hours to go before the deadline. Which should be twice as long as I need.

I'm actually going to make it. And I'm going to do so without resorting to including huge portions of Scripture.

Sorry that I haven't been updating with the chapters the past few days. I've been writing so furiously, I just don't have time to format the posts for that. It looks like there will be a total of forty chapters. I'm currently about to start writing Chapter Thirty Four. Once I'm done, I'll likely resume posting the chapters again, even though much of what I've written in the past few days is extremely low quality, even for my low standards for this project.

But in a few more hours, I'll actually be a novelist.

Sat, Nov. 29th, 2003, 03:08 pm
Liberation

It is extremely liberating to write a novel when you completely throw out any hope of writing something good. I thought that that the stuff I was writing before was terrible. The 4,000+ words that I've written today have sunk to lower levels. Quantity, not quality! This is my new rallying cry.

I'm sitting at 37,404 words right now and am completely confident that I will finish my novel by tomorrow at midnight. I may even be able to do so without quoting large passages of Scripture, which was a word count device Mrs. Mellow suggested to me yesterday.

Imagine the following scene, for example:

"Jeremiah opened his Bible and spoke to the congregation. Today's Scripture lesson comes from the book of John. In fact, today's Scripture lesson is the book of John. In its entirety. [insert text to the book of John here.]"

Thu, Nov. 20th, 2003, 12:39 am
Wrap-up: November 19, 2003

I'm feeling a little ill today, but I managed to get back on my writing horse and pound some words out. They're not very good words, but they're 2600 words that I didn't even expect to exist. I skipped a chapter -- the one on sermon preparation, because I don't even know what the sermon is about yet. I was also going to skip the chapter on the actual delivery of the sermon and skip right to the after church part of the story. I decided to write a few words about the before church part, and ended up writing 2600 instead of just a few. It worked out pretty well. Well, it worked out well for the word count, anyway. This is a chapter that could use some heavy editing, although I did actually find myself supporting a potentially important plot point in this chapter, so at least that's something.

Still, I'm 10,000 words behind schedule.

Words written today: 2619
Total words written: 24,069
Goal for today: Lots of words
Goal for tomorrow: I'm so far behind schedule, goals are laughable
Where I should be: 32,300
Chapters written today: 1
Total chapters written: 19

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Wed, Nov. 19th, 2003, 07:14 pm
Wrap-Up: November 15, 2003

I'm behind schedule. I didn't write Thursday or Friday, and only did a little writing on Saturday. Now, it's Wednesday, and I'm just getting back to writing again. I'm 10,000 words behind. I can still make it up.

Words written today: 976
Total words written: 21,450
Goal for today: 20,400
Goal for tomorrow: I'm so far behind schedule, goals are laughable
Chapters written today: 1
Total chapters written: 18

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Thu, Nov. 13th, 2003, 12:49 am
Wrap-Up: November 12

Well, I skipped writing yesterday, after getting slightly ahead of schedule. So I had a tall order to fulfill in order to get back on track today. I barely made it -- I'm 74 words over where I should be considering being on the thirty-day plan. I've already got most of the next chapter written in my head, but I'm too tired to try to do it now.

And today's writing has come to re-emphasize that the stuff I'm writing for this really is not very good. But, hey, at the end of the month, I should be able to legitimately say "Greg Cohoon, Novelist."

Words written today: 2790
Total words written: 20,474
Goal for today: 20,400
Goal for tomorrow: 22,200
Chapters written today: 1
Total chapters written: 17

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Well, I skipped writing yesterday, after getting slightly ahead of schedule. So I had a tall order to fulfill in order to get back on track today. I barely made it -- I'm 74 words over where I should be considering being on the thirty-day plan. I've already got most of the next chapter written in my head, but I'm too tired to try to do it now.

And today's writing has come to re-emphasize that the stuff I'm writing for this really is not very good. But, hey, at the end of the month, I should be able to legitimately say "Greg Cohoon, Novelist."

Words written today: 2790
Total words written: 20,474
Goal for today: 20,400
Goal for tomorrow: 22,200
Chapters written today: 1
Total chapters written: 17

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Tue, Nov. 11th, 2003, 12:11 am
Wrap-Up: November 10

I'm still behind where I want to be, but I'm pretty much on track. I'm sure I'll fall behind again late in the week. Perhaps I'll be able to build a buffer beforehand. Anyway, I've already got chapter seventeen written in my head, but I'm going to go to bed instead of writing it now. There's a chapter coming up soon that I'm not looking forward to writing -- the chapter where Jeremiah delivers his sermon. Do I actually write the sermon that he delivers, or do I just sketch it out?

Words written today: 2123
Total words written: 17,684
Goal for today: 17,600
Goal for tomorrow: 19,700
Chapters written today: 2
Total chapters written: 16

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Mon, Nov. 10th, 2003, 12:06 am
Daily Wrap-Up: November 9

I got back in the groove a little bit. I'm still not caught up with what my 2000 wpd goal, but I've at least got back on track with the word count for 1700 wpd. I expect to get a bit farther tomorrow. I'm also going to dispense with my parenthetical goal-keeping. As I continue to have days where I slip, It's just going to be more and more difficult to keep up with what my parenthetical goal would be. From now on, my goal is going to be the greater of 2000 words added to the previous day's final word count or the product of 1700 words and the day of the month. If I keep to that, then at the worst case, I'll finish my novel on the thirtieth of the month.

Words written today: 2622
Total words written: 15,561
Goal for today: 16,000
Goal for tomorrow: 17,600
Chapters written today: 2
Total chapters written: 14

Sun, Nov. 9th, 2003, 10:08 pm
Character names

Silly me with my character names. I even wrote myself a cheat sheet with my list of characters, yet I still managed to mix them up a little. Part of this is a byproduct of naming as many of my characters with double names as possible.

Anyway, the little girl's name is Laura Anne. Anytime you've seen me refer to her as Laura Elizabeth, please ignore that. Her mother's name is Mary Elizabeth. I'm not going to bother going back and fix it in the chapters I've already posted. Hopefully, I'll not slip like this again.

Sun, Nov. 9th, 2003, 08:35 pm
Daily Wrap-Up: November 8

I didn't write anything on November 8. I thought about where I wanted the story to go a little bit, at least. I hope to be able to catch back up. I'm a little more than two days behind, but I think I should be OK.

Words written today: 0
Total words written: 12,939
Goal for today: 16,00 (18,500)
Goal for tomorrow: 16,000 (20,500)
Chapters written today: 0
Total chapters written: 12

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